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12-118 Proactive Policing Yields Arrest of Clearwater Man For Carrying A Concealed Loaded Semi-Automatic Handgun

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operation Bureau

Deputy Chris Nault (Patrol)
Age: 39
Hire Date: 07/29/1996

Deputy Caro Spearman (Patrol)
Hire Date 02/10/12

William Cody Roach (Arrested)
DOB: 07/26/1990
Address: 2048 Sunset Grove Lane
Arrested for carrying a concealed firearm

What:  Deputies on routine patrol have arrested a Clearwater man after he was found to be carrying a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

Where:  The incident occurred at Belcher Road and Sunset Point Road in Clearwater.

When:  The incident occurred at about 1:51 a.m. on May 17, 2012.


Deputies Chris Nault and Caro Spearman were on routine patrol in the area of Sunset Point Road and Belcher Road when they observed a man, later identified as 21-year-old William Cody Roach, walking westbound on Belcher Road. Roach was carrying a camouflage backpack.

The deputies exited their cruiser. Deputy Spearman approached the subject and asked if he could speak to him. To which he agreed. Deputy Spearman further asked Roach if he had any weapons on him. Roach denied having any weapons and consented to a pat down. No weapons were found.

Roach provided his name to the deputy. Before stepping away to run his name for warrants, the deputy asked Roach if he was carrying any weapons in his backpack, to which Roach replied he only had a PS3 game in the backpack. The deputy asked to check his bag. Roach consented to the search, at which point the deputy located a loaded 9mm Cobray semi-automatic handgun (Uzi); and an additional magazine.

Roach was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.

“This is an excellent example of the proactive policing work being done by our deputies on a daily basis to help take guns off the street,” said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

The investigation continues.
 �  Suspect: William Cody Roach


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